World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th annually and serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to protect and preserve the environment. As our planet faces ever-increasing environmental challenges, it is crucial for both the private and public sectors to embrace sustainable practices.
At Helia EHS we believe that environmental consultants play a vital role in assisting organisations to meet their environmental responsibilities. In our latest blog we explore the invaluable services provided by our environmental consultants, focusing on contaminated land management, occupational hygiene and workplace safety and asbestos risk assessments.
Contaminated land poses a significant threat to ecosystems, human health, and the overall well-being of communities. The team of environmental consultants at Helia EHS plays a crucial role in assessing, managing and remediating contaminated sites. Through comprehensive environmental site assessments (ESA), we can identify potential contaminants, evaluate risks and develop remediation strategies. By conducting soil and groundwater sampling, our team provides accurate data to assess the extent of contamination and devise appropriate remediation plans. ESAs may be conducted for a variety of reasons including site owner/occupier due diligence, council planning approvals, purchaser, vendor, merger due diligence, or as part of Statutory environmental audits.
One example of how our environmental consultants contribute to contaminated land management is through their work with industries that handle hazardous substances. By conducting environmental impact assessments, Helia EHS consultants help industries identify potential contamination risks and design preventive measures. This proactive approach minimises the potential harm to the environment and nearby communities, while ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.
Creating safe and healthy working environments is paramount to protecting employees and mitigating the potential impacts on the environment. Helia EHS has a team of occupational hygienists specialising in health, safety and occupational hygiene who help both private and public sector organisations achieve these objectives. They assess workplace conditions, identify hazards and develop risk management strategies.
In industries dealing with hazardous substances, our occupational hygienists can conduct exposure assessments to evaluate the potential risks to workers. Through air quality monitoring, noise assessments and silica dust exposure testing, our team can ensure compliance with occupational health and safety regulations such as legal compliance audits and the development of environmental and safety management systems. By our clients implementing appropriate control measures and recommending safety protocols, an occupational hygienist (or environmental consultant) can assist in reducing the risk of occupational illnesses, injuries and environmental pollution.
Asbestos, a highly hazardous material commonly found in buildings constructed before the 1990s, poses severe health risks if disturbed. Our environmental and safety consultants specialise in asbestos risk assessments and play a crucial role in identifying, assessing and managing asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). We can prepare an asbestos register which involves a non-intrusive site assessment conducted by an experienced Helia EHS licensed asbestos assessor. ACM throughout the site are systematically identified and assessed for the level of risk posed to site occupants.
Our consultants conduct thorough inspections of buildings, identifying ACMs and evaluating the potential exposure risks. By analysing samples in accredited NATA laboratories, we provide accurate information on the presence and condition of asbestos within structures. Based on these assessments, our environmental consultants develop asbestos management plans, recommending safe removal or encapsulation techniques.
The private and public sectors benefit greatly from the expertise of environmental consultants in this field. When planning renovations or demolitions, our consultants ensure that asbestos-containing materials are handled safely, minimising the risk of releasing hazardous fibres into the air. Through our meticulous approach, we safeguard both human health and the environment.
World Environment Day serves as a global platform to emphasise the importance of sustainable practices and environmental responsibility. At Helia EHS we believe that environmental consultants play a critical role in guiding the private and public sectors toward meeting their environmental obligations.
Through services such as contaminated land management, health, safety and occupational hygiene, and asbestos related services, our consultants contribute to the preservation of our environment and the well-being of communities. By identifying potential risks, developing effective mitigation strategies, and ensuring compliance with regulations, we can assist organisations to operate sustainably.
As we acknowledge World Environment Day, let’s recognise and appreciate the valuable contributions of environmental (and related) consultants. By working together, we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come, where the private and public sectors actively embrace their environmental responsibilities and prioritise the protection of our planet.